Spring 2020 WILD-5700-001 Syllabus

WILD 5700 Forest Assessment and Management

Douglas-fir Clearcut with planting Washington State, fall 2018

Lectures Assignments
Readings Discussions

Spring 2020 – 3 credit hours

Instructor:  Dr. Justin DeRose, QCNR 326, CANVAS Inbox, justin.derose@usu.edu

Location & Time:  Tuesday/Thursday, 9:00-10:15am MDT, HPER 114A 

Textbook/Reading Material:  see Reading List

Course Description:  Detailed analysis of forest stand structure and growth. Development of silvicultural prescriptions to meet specific objectives. Analysis of costs and benefits of alternative management strategies. Emphasizes forest management to achieve a broad range of management objectives.

Student Learning Expectations:  You will apply a range of skills and tools in a hands-on approach to learning. By the end of the course you will be able to conduct an assessment that will support sound stand management decisions. You will:

  1. Set objectives and specify evaluation criteria; (IDEA Objective #12: Learning to apply knowledge and skills to benefit others or serve the public good.
  2. Measure, describe and interpret forest vegetation inventories; (IDEA Objective #11, Learning to analyze and critically evaluate ideas,)
  3. Develop, test and display likely effects of alternative silvicultural treatments; (IDEA Objective # 4 and LO4: Developing specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course)
  4. Prepare written and oral reports for a stand-level project; (IDEA Objective #8 and LO4: Developing skills in expressing oneself orally or in writing)
  5. Be able to navigate ethical issues in natural resource management; (IDEA Objective #10: Developing ethical reasoning and decision making) 

See IDEA (http://www.usu.edu/aaa/idea_faculty_faq.cfm), and WILD learning objectives: (https://www.qcnr.usu.edu/wild/about/assessment/undergrad_assessment), for explanation.

Course Assignments:

Professionalism (10%): This part of your grade will be based on the instructor’s assessment of your active and thoughtful participation in the class, meeting deadlines, etiquette, etc. (behaviors you value in a colleague/employee). I consider reading the assigned material in preparation for class a sign—and then contribution to the discussion, in class—as a sign of professionalism. See Professionalism below. 5 points.

Assignments (40%):  There will be a series of weekly assignments. For most of these you will prepare a brief technical report. Constructive feedback on these reports will allow you to improve succeeding assignments.

Final project (45%): This includes your final report AND your final presentation. Reporting requirements for the final project will be a written report and oral presentation. In the written report you will communicate the results of your technical forest stand assessment. Following constructive feedback on the initial draft of your report you will revise and resubmit. You will also give an oral presentation of your stand assessment.

Writing Center (5%): Visit the Science Writing Center (https://www.usu.edu/science/swc/) and take advantage of the writing resources they offer for your final report.

Grades:  Total Points Possible = 100

A

93.0%

to

100 %

C

73.0%

to

< 77.0 %

A-

90.0%

to

< 93.0 %

C-

70.0%

to

< 73.0 %

B+

87.0%

to

< 90.0 %

D+

67.0%

to

< 70.0 %

B

83.0%

to

< 87.0 %

D

60.0%

to

< 67.0 %

B-

80.0%

to

< 83.0 %

F

0.0%

to

< 60.0 %

C+

77.0%

to

< 80.0 %

 

 

Professionalism:  Students are expected to behave professionally at all times during class and extend all courtesies and considerations expected in a public forum. Breeches of professional conduct will affect your grade. Disrupting class is not professional. Be on time. Be prepared to make the most of your time in class. Pay attention and have the proper supplies on hand. Read assigned reading ahead of time. Please help maintain an environment conducive for learning by not using cell phones or other technology for non-learning purposes in class. A distraction-limited environment is important for learning, and trying to multitask negatively affects you and your classmates.

Late Work Policy:  All assignments are due on the designated dates. You may submit assignments up to 3 days past the due date, but you will lose 10% of the available points per day. If you have circumstances that prevent you from turning assignments in on time, please contact me.

Attendance Policy:  Unexcused in-class or field trip absences can affect your professionalism grade and your ability to complete writing assignments. Excuses for absence due to illness, family emergencies, or other unanticipated events will be handled on an individual basis.

Academic Integrity (from the USU Student Code):  Students have a responsibility to promote academic integrity at the University by not participating in or facilitating others' participation in any act of academic dishonesty and by reporting all violations or suspected violations of the Academic Integrity Standard to their instructors. The definitions of cheating, falsification, and plagiarism can be found HERE, along with the process for reporting and disciplinary actions for academic integrity violations.

Withdrawal:  If a student does not attend a class during the first week of the term or by the 2nd class meeting, whichever comes first, the instructor may submit a request to have the student dropped from the course. (This does not abdicate responsibility from the student to drop courses which they do not plan to attend.) Students who are dropped from courses will be notified by the Registrar’s Office through their preferred e-mail account. Students may drop courses without notation on the permanent record through the 2 weeks of the class and a W will be permanently affixed to the student’s record. 

Accommodations for Disabilities:  Students with physical, sensory, emotional or medical impairments may be eligible for reasonable accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. All accommodations are coordinated through the Disabilities Resource Center (DRC) in Room 101 of the University Inn.  Please contact the DRC as early in the semester as possible: 797-2444 voice, 797-0740 TTY, toll free at 1-800-259-2966, or drc@usu.edu. Once approved, the DRC will coordinate with faculty to provide accommodations.

Mental Health: Mental health is critically important for the success of USU students. As a student, you may experience a range of issues that can cause barriers to learning, such as strained relationships, increased anxiety, alcohol/drug problems, feeling down, difficulty concentrating and/or lack of motivation. These mental health concerns or stressful events may lead to diminished academic performance or reduce your ability to participate in daily activities. USU provides free services for students to assist them with addressing these and other concerns. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential mental health services available on campus at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students are also encouraged to download the “SafeUT App” to their smartphones. This application is a 24/7 statewide crisis text and tip service that provides real-time crisis intervention to students through texting and a confidential tip program that can help anyone with emotional crises, bullying, relationship problems, mental health, or suicide related issues.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment: Utah State University is committed to creating and maintaining an environment free from acts of sexual misconduct and discrimination and to fostering respect and dignity for all members of the USU community. Title IX and USU Policy 339 address sexual harassment in the workplace and academic setting. The university responds promptly upon learning of any form of possible discrimination or sexual misconduct. Any individual may contact USU's Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity (AA/EO) Office for available options and resources or clarification. The university has established a complaint procedure to handle all types of discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment (USU Policy 305), and has designated the AA/EO Director/Title IX Coordinator as the official responsible for receiving and investigating complaints of sexual harassment. As your Instructor, I am a mandatory reporter, meaning that if you wish to discuss an issue with me I must report it. However, if you would like a confidential meeting Trained advocates are available through USU's Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI) office and CAPSA in Logan. Advocates will help you navigate your options, seek medical attention, get a sexual assault forensic exam, receive counseling, file a police report, or report to the university.   

Tentative Class Schedule, Readings, and (Assignments): 

Week

Date

Topic

Readings

1

Jan 7

Review of basic forest measurements

Curtis & Marshall 2000, Forestry  Measurement Overview

1

Jan 9

Habitat types; site quality; site index

Zeide 2005, Ducey 2009

1

Jan 9

(Introductions due)

 

2

Jan 14

Density management

Long 1985

2

Jan 16

Density management

Jack & Long 1996

2

Jan 16

(Plot data due)

 

3

Jan 21

Introduction to FVS/SVS

Long & Shaw 2005

3

Jan 23

Density management & FVS/SVS

Long 1996

3

Jan 24

(Density management due)

 

4

Jan 28

Density management & FVS/SVS

Long et al. 2004

4

Jan 30

Reproduction methods/silv. systems

SAF Silv. Terminology

4

Jan 31

(Density management 2 due)

 

5

Feb 4

Reproduction methods/silv. systems

BC Silv. Handbook

5

Feb 6

Density management & FVS/SVS

Dean & Baldwin 1993

5

Feb 7

(FVS intro due)

 

6

Feb 11

Uneven-aged silviculture

Guldin 1991

6

Feb 13

Uneven-aged silviculture

Long & Daniel 1990

6

Feb 19

(FVS shelterwood due)

 

7

Feb 18

Goals and Objectives

Long et al. 2010

7

Feb 20

Professionalism & Ethics

SAF Ethics

7

Feb 26

(Uneven-aged due)

 

8

Feb 25

Management plan review

TBD

8

Feb 27

Project consultations

 

8

Feb 28

(final report assigned)

 

9

Mar 10

FVS review

 

9

Mar 12

Stand structure and fire behavior (FVS)

Agee & Skinner 2005

Fuels videos

10

Mar 17

Managerial finance

Rideout handout

10

Mar 19

Managerial finance

 

10

Mar 19

(FVS fire due)

 

11

Mar 24

Managerial finance

Rideout handout

11

Mar 26

Managerial finance

 

11

Mar 29

(Managerial finance 1 due)

 

12

Mar 31

Specialist’s report draft

 

12

Apr 2

Harvesting and Handling

 

12

Apr 5

(Managerial finance 2 due)

 

13

Apr 9

Insect and disease

Forest Health videos

13

Apr 9

Resistance & Resilience

DeRose & Long 2014

13

Apr 12

(Managerial finance 3 due)

 

14

Apr 14/16

Presentations

 

15

Apr 21

Presentations

 

15

Apr 23

Test week begins (Report due)

 

Course Readings: *Indicates required reading